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Will the Ultimate Challenge keep me interested?

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This is my first ever update thread, despite having been a member of the forums since 2004.  I have been playing the game since the first Championship Manager on the Amiga, but in recent years have struggled to get into a save.  I love adding as many leagues as possible, and getting everything "just right", but then when I sit down to a save, I rarely get past pre-season or the first 10 games or so.  This year has so far been slightly different, me starting a game on the Beta and sticking with it until the 4th season which I thoroughly enjoyed.  However, since the new patch I arrived, I have been attempting to get into a new save, and failing.

I have spent the last few weeks lurking on this forum (and others) and reading other people's career threads and enjoying them, and being insanely jealous at the fun everyone but me seems able to have.  Then I decided that I would try and share my career and see if this inspires me to stick with the save.  Not only that, but because of the "grass is always greener" attitude that seems to constantly result in me starting again, I have decided on a challenge which a) has a clear and defined goal, b) is unlikely to result in me ending up at the same club for too long, and c) is massive.

The challenge is to win 28 competitions, some specific, and some region specific.  Using claasens excellent league pack, I have increased the number of leagues in the game to 103.  These have then been divided up by region, as below.  I plan to win one top division per region & then move on using the add/remove leagues feature;
1- Middle East & Central Asia (Iran, Israel, Kazakhstan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Uzbekistan)
2- Indian Ocean & Oceania (Australia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore)
3- The Far East (China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Thailand)
4- North Africa (Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia)
5- Southern & Central Africa (Angola, Congo, DR Congo, South Africa, Zambia)
6- Western Africa (Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal)
7- North America (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Trinidad & Tobago, USA)
8- South America (Northern) (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela)
9- South America (Southern) (Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay)
10- UK & Ireland (England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales)
11- Former USSR (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine)
12- Former Yugoslavia (Bosnia/Herz, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia)
13- Scandanavia (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden)
14- Southern Europe (Albania, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Turkey)
15- Austro-Hungaria & Eastern Europe (Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia)
16- Benelux, Germany & Switzerland (Belgium, Germany, Luxemborg, Netherlands, Switzerland)
17- South Western Europe (France, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain)

As well as a competition from each of these regions, I aim to win the following competitions;

Continental 

18- AFC Champions Leage
19- African Champions League
20- NAM Champions League
21- Libatores
22- European Champions League

International

23- World Cup
24- AFC Nations Cup
25- Cup of Nations
26- Gold Cup
27- Copa America
28- Euro Cup of Nations

Bonus
29- O-League
30- OFC Nations Cup

Rules;
Randomize Regions
All leagues within region as playable, all others as View Only
Start Unemployed with Sunday League Rep & no badges, Take first job offered
Cannot Leave Region until National League won
Cannot Start in New Region until all leagues added/removed date has passed (Leagues will disappear completely after removal & don't turn view only, which will hopefully help keep the game reasonably quick as the save ages)
Can move clubs within a region
Champions League to be "played for" when in the final region for that continent - so if the final European region I end up in is Scandanavia, I HAVE to win the European Champions League with a Scandanavian team.  This means that the roll of the dice will really influence the difficulty of the challenge.  Also, as there is only one North American region, I would expect to see my reputation get something of a rise if I leave that region having won the North American Champions League early in the game.
Can choose a manager of any nationality - I will be creating a fictional manager for the save born in one of the countries of the first region to make getting a job a little easiser.

It is also worth noting that I play quite slowly, so the thread is unlikely to move particularly quickly .  I'm also pretty terrible at the game which will no doubt contribute to the time this takes
So, with this in mind, the dice has been rolled and number 15 means I will be going to one of these countries first;


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All other leagues are view only, running a large database including all current internationals, Players from top & top division clubs with national and continental reputation, as well as players from clubs in continental competitions. This leaves me with around 107,000 players.

So, with all the will in the world, Maciej Nemec, a 35 year old Polish/Czech who admittedly doesn't look very good on it, begins his journey!!

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 Wow, let's hope your guy doesn't need to take fitness training in the early years due to lack of coaching staff.

You could do this in tandem with Earl's Giant 70 Challenge, which might add a sense of community to the proceedings (if you restarted with a 20 year old manager).

I don't suppose there's any possibility that you could be persuaded to rebrand your challenge.:) 

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4 hours ago, vikeologist said:

 Wow, let's hope your guy doesn't need to take fitness training in the early years due to lack of coaching staff.

You could do this in tandem with Earl's Giant 70 Challenge, which might add a sense of community to the proceedings (if you restarted with a 20 year old manager).

I don't suppose there's any possibility that you could be persuaded to rebrand your challenge.:) 

thanks for the response, vikeologist. I wasn't aware of that challenge but mine is similar - I may look at the challenges board if this doesn't take off. I am using a couple of addons aside from claasens, however, so wouldn't qualify for that one.

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After a few months on holiday, I am approached by Soproni Vasutas Sportegylet of Hungary on 25th November 2016.  Their previous manager had moved on to bigger and better things with Paks, who are in the division above.  He leaves Soproni slightly underperforming in 12th, with a media prediction of 7th.  

 

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The board seem ok with this though as they only mid-table.  I have signed a contract until the end of next season, so will see where this takes me!

The first team squad seems pretty balanced, and there are a couple of good prospects in the youth team too - seems a reasonable place to start!!

 

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Wish you good luck, and hope you will continue with this

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